The issue of who is the owner of the continental leadership of Africa has become clear in the last decade, after the foundation of the African Union. The Organization of African Unity which de facto excluded apartheid-South Africa posed no question of continental leadership or power-struggle in this sense between the African nations. The Analysis investigates on the one side the novelties of the constitutional process of the African Union. On the other side, it analyzes the struggle for the continental leadership between Nigeria and South Africa. Each of the two giants has a set of continental strengths and weaknesses as well as it could contribute differently to reinforcing Africa’s international position.
Head, ISPI Africa Programme